“The Hunger Games” trailer: 5 missing scenes

“The Hunger Games” trailer: 5 missing scenes (photo)

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To be perfectly frank, the first “The Hunger Games” trailer hit all the right notes with us this morning when it debuted. As the next four months slowly tick by, I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with plenty more scenes we’re desperate to see from the film, but for now there are only a few major moments we would have preferred to see some more of in this first trailer. Some of them — like Katniss’s big reveal as the Girl on Fire — will likely be saved for the big screen, but some others — like romance blooming between Katniss and Peeta — will probably be showcased in the coming months.

There’s a lot for many people to like in “The Hunger Games.” There’s politics, action and, like all good young adult novels nowadays, a big fat love triangle. We tried to pick something for everyone in this list of the five things we wish had been in the “The Hunger Games” trailer. And don’t forget to read the list of our top five moments from the trailer.

The Girl on Fire

The only scene more iconic in “The Hunger Games” than Katniss being revealed as the Girl on Fire is the scene where Prim gives Katniss her Mockingjay pin, which appropriately was shown in today’s trailer. Despite our every instinct telling us there’s no way that Lionsgate is going to show Katniss making her triumphant debut in the Capitol, there’s nothing we would love more than to see Katniss and Peeta ride in in their chariots with their capes being set on fire. The one shot of Katniss all glammed up in a dress is likely from her second interview with Caesar Flickman based on the fact that it is so subdued. If you look really closely at about the 1:33 minute mark in the trailer, you can see some Capitol residents looking through binoculars at two figures on fire from a distance, but we want the real deal. Lionsgate, you tease.

The wealth and outlandishness of The Capitol

This also was teased in the trailer, but not really shown. The opulence of the Capitol is one of the biggest political criticisms in “The Hunger Games,” and one of the major aspects of the government of Panem that fuels Katniss’s rage. There are a few brief shots of the Capitol in the trailer, such as when the train arrives in the city and when Katniss and her fellow tributes are training. But it will be nice to see a shot of Katniss at one of the Capitol’s over-the-top feasts to contrast with her poor home district, District 12.

Muttations and Jabberjays

It was definitely an intentional decision to not include scenes from The Hunger Games beyond the tributes’ mad dash to get weapons at the Cornucopia. But some day soon, those scenes from the latter half of the movie will have to be revealed. There are two big CGI effects that we can anticipate from “The Hunger Games”: the Jabberjays and the Muttations. Hopefully Lionsgate will reveal teases of those scenes ahead of time so fans can be convinced that the computer animated portions of the film will look as gorgeous as the rest of it.

Katniss playing to her audience

One of the most important elements of Katniss’s survival techniques in The Hunger Games is the way she plays to her Panem audience. The Games are broadcast on live television and are a national event, much like the Olympics or the Super Bowl. Katniss knows her audience is watching, so she acts out accordingly in order to become a sympathetic character. There is one shot in particular in the trailer that sort of teases this, but it will be nice to see her pull out some of her best stunts to win Panem over.

Romance blooming between Katniss and Peeta

Of course there’s a love story centered at the heart of “The Hunger Games”! It wouldn’t have as many teenage girl fans if it didn’t. But the love story in “The Hunger Games” is a bit different than the one in, say, “Twilight.” Since Katniss is in a mindset where she plans for her every action to be interpreted by her live audience, it’s unclear from the start whether she is actually interested in Peeta or whether she’s just doing it for the show. And, even better, she’s not sure what his motivations are either. It proves to be interesting fodder for a blossoming love story, and is definitely something that the majority of the fans of the book will be looking forward to seeing.

What do you hope to see in upcoming “The Hunger Games” trailers? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

Sport Court gavel

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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